THERE was just the one match in the Women’s SBL on Friday night with the Joondalup Wolves keeping the East Perth Eagles winning with a 23-point victory at HBF Arena.
It was the only game for Friday night to open Round 7 of the 2018 and the Joondalup Wolves came away with the 70-47 victory at HBF Arena.
That sets the stage for a big night on Saturday with five matches and 10 of the 12 teams all in action in the Women’s SBL.
That sees the Willetton Tigers play the Perth Redbacks, the Rockingham Flames take on the Joondalup Wolves, the East Perth Eagles face the Lakeside Lightning, the South West Slammers battle the Cockburn Cougars and the Kalamunda Eastern Suns face the Stirling Senators.
It was always going to be a big ask on Friday night for the Eagles to head to HBF Arena and get their first win on the board for 2018. It turn out to be the case with the Lady Wolfpack starting strongly with a 23-point to 10 first quarter.
Another 23 points to 10 in the second period and the Wolves were up 43-20 at half-time before ending up cruising to the 23-point victory.
The Lady Wolfpack didn’t shoot great going at 27/86 from the field at 31 per cent but they did pull in 57 rebounds to 37, forced East Perth into 23 turnovers and had 20 assists on their 27 made field goals.
Both teams back up on Saturday night with the Wolves on the road to the Rockingham Flames while the Eagles take on the undefeated Lakeside Lightning at Morley Sport and Recreation Centre.
Chelsea Belcher finished with 14 points and five rebounds for the Lady Wolfpack on the back of nailing 4/7 from her three-point attempts.
Kourteney Zadina added 14 points and five rebounds too for the Wolves while Nikita Martin contributed 12 points, Shani Amos 11 points, 11 rebounds, five steals and three assists, and Amy Kidner eight points, 10 boards and three assists.
Bree Fisher top-scored for the Eagles with 17 points and three rebounds with Akim Lual contributing 15 points and seven boards, and Cameron Flynn eight points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals.
WEEK 7 WOMEN’S SBL FIXTURES
Joondalup Wolves 70 defeated East Perth Eagles 47
Willetton Tigers v Perth Redbacks – Willetton Basketball Stadium 6.00pm
Rockingham Flames v Joondalup Wolves – Mike Barnett Sports Complex 6.00pm
East Perth Eagles v Lakeside Lightning – Morley Sport and Recreation Centre 6.00pm
South West Slammers v Cockburn Cougars – Eaton Recreation Centre 6.00pm
Kalamunda Eastern Suns v Stirling Senators – Ray Owen Sports Centre 6.30pm